Switch Online continues to be a disappointment.
But as the service’s user base continues to grow, I don’t believe Nintendo deserves this much Switch Online users for the lacklustre offerings of the service.
Firstly, what exactly is Nintendo Switch Online?
Switch Online – $4 USD monthly / $20 USD yearly.PlayStation Plus – $10 USD monthly / $60 USD yearly.Xbox Live Gold – $10 USD monthly / $60 USD yearly.
Fixing the Nintendo Switch Online mess.
The Paywall for Cloud Saves
One of the most essential features you have to pay for with Switch Online is cloud save backups. This is one of Rich’s (ReviewTechUSA) favourite criticisms for the Switch Online, and it’s hard to disagree with him.
And the best part? It’s only supported for certain games.
If they must really charge for cloud saves, then give a limited amount of save storage for free and charge for unlimited storage once users hit their threshold.
Voice Chat? Nintendo Switch App required.
Please, Nintendo, just get rid of the cumbersome Switch App requirement.
Integrate Vivox’s SDK into the Switch with an update or make something within your software department so game developers don’t have to use a workaround for your own console.
At the same time, make the Switch Online app more feature rich. I’m not asking for you to go all out by mimicking Sony’s PS4 app right away, but at the very least, let people use the eShop to buy games from their phones.
I don’t even know why someone has to tell a company as big as Nintendo this. Having a proper smartphone app will increase long-term engagement with their products due to people continuously carrying their smart devices.
Modern AAA games < NES games???
Now you have to admit that that makes paying for online features less of a burden. And for $10 a month, that seems pretty reasonable. I would say you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.
Here’s an even better solution: Give users a Netflix-like catalogue of virtual console games!
- Exclusive Splatoon 2 gear for yearly and family memberships.
- Overpriced NES Controllers.
- Battle-royale Tetris.